NASA has released pictures of the Peruvian Amazon.

Amazon can be seen shining like gold in the pictures.

These pictures have been taken from the International Space Station. This research is from 2020.

This gold-like shine is sunlight reflected from dirty water pits.

According to NASA's Earth Observatory website, there is a possibility of gold in these pits.

It seems as if it was dug by unlicensed miners.

About 30,000 miners are working illegally in this area.

Here, excavators are destroying the rainforest to extract gold.

Thousands of miners try to earn their livelihood here.

This illegal mining may be a boon for poor people, but it hurts the Amazon.